Freezing rain, snow in the forecast for parts of southern Minnesota

Southeastern Minnesota appears to have the best chance for accumulating snow.
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The National Weather Service says confidence is increasing for freezing rain to impact south-central and southeast Minnesota Wednesday morning. 

The weather service says the freezing rain will not impact the Twin Cities area, but slick roads could be an issue to the south of the 7-county metro. 

A chance for a long-duration snowfall could lead to minor accumulations in parts of southern Minnesota beginning after the freezing rain Wednesday and lasting through Thursday night, according to the La Crosse office of the National Weather Service. 

The NWS La Crosse is forecasting 1-4 inches for Rochester by Wednesday night, perhaps up to 5 inches in and around Austin, with another 1-2 inches of snow for many of the same areas Thursday. If any specific locations gets the high end of snow totals both days, they could be looking at a solid 5-6 inches. 


The metro could get a dusting of snow Wednesday and Thursday, but a wintry mix is also possible both days, per the NWS Twin Cities. 

Here's a look at the future radar simulation from the HRRR model, which goes through midday Thursday. 


Temps are expected to remain much warmer than normal through at least the end of January, which is a big difference from the end of January 2019 when there were nine consecutive days with subzero temperatures. 

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